Monday, November 21, 2011

Grain of Sand Quote - stolen!

I was amused to see an article come out today that used the same introductory quote as we did six years ago.  The paper from today is called "A world in a grain of sand: human history from genetic data" and is available from Genome Biology.  I would tell you what its about, but neither I nor the Scripps Research Institute where I work has paid for access to it.  You can however access our very cool paper called "Sand DNA-a genetic library of life at the water's edge" for free!  Oh yes, the quote is:

To see a world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.
—William Blake from Auguries of Innocence
While I can't say which is the better manuscript, I'd wager that we win for most appropriate use of that quote in the intro.